Summary of News

1. KNDF 5th Battalion reaffirms commitment to fight until the success of the People’s Revolution

The Karenni Nationalities Defense Force 5th Battalion (KNDF B-05) has reiterated its unwavering commitment to fight until the people’s revolution achieves success. This statement was made at the KNDF B-05 second gathering on October 15, 2023.

The statement emphasizes that KNDF B-05 has been engaged in the fight within Karenni State for over two years and that throughout this extensive revolutionary journey, the members of KNDF B-05 have performed their duties diligently in various tasks. They also expressed their pride in the heroic martyrs who sacrificed their lives.

During the gathering, the officials and fellow members of KNDF B-05 made a solemn commitment to persist in their fight until the people’s revolution achieves success, unwavering in their passion and determination.

2. Civil society organizations in Tanintharyi decline UNOCHA’s invitation to collaborate with the Junta in the humanitarian program

On October 15, the CSOs Nexus Consortium (CNC) Tanintharyi, a coalition comprising 11 civil society organizations in Tanintharyi Region, declared their decision to not participate as a representative in the AHCT (Area of Humanitarian Country Team) program implemented by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).

Their decision not to participate in the UNOCHA program stems from the fact that UNOCHA is engaging with the military junta, which is solely responsible for widespread human rights violations throughout Myanmar, particularly regarding humanitarian assistance matters. Therefore, the civil society organizations within the CNC-Tanintharyi have collectively discussed this matter and decided not to participate in this program.

Furthermore, the CNC-Tanintharyi highlighted that UNOCHA’s engagement with the military junta, instead of addressing Myanmar’s humanitarian crisis, is seen as an acknowledgment and legitimization of the junta’s actions and is contributing to increased atrocities by the junta against the civilian population.

The CSOs Nexus Consortium (CNC) Tanintharyi formally informed the AHCT Secretariat Office on October 5 of their decision not to participate in the AHCT program as a civil society organization representative for the Tanintharyi Region.

CNC-Tanintharyi emphasized that UNOCHA should not mistakenly assume that humanitarian missions can only be carried out in partnership with the terrorist military. Instead, they stressed that humanitarian efforts should involve cooperation with local civil society organizations that have the trust of the public and are actively engaged on the ground, in addition to exploring alternative means of support. This, according to CNC-Tanintharyi, is the more effective and comprehensive approach in line with UNOCHA’s processes and commitments to addressing the humanitarian crisis.

The UN’s relief chief, Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator—of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)—met with junta chief Min Aung Hlaing in Naypyidaw on August 15 to discuss humanitarian assistance matters.

3. Junta column in Khin-U Township shoots a resident and injures another with planned landmine

According to a report from a local news source, a military column advancing in Khin-U Township shot and killed a resident and injured another with a planted landmine. The military column, consisting of around 100 troops stationed at the Institute of Agriculture in Nyaung Pin Thar village, Shwebo Township, initiated an incursion in northern Khin-U Township on October 14. As the column reached Nyaung Pin Gyi Su village on October 15, they shot U Min Min, a 45-year-old resident, dead.

Amidst the military column’s advance into the area, residents of Nyaung Pin Thar village were in the process of fleeing. U Min Min went back to the village with his motorcycle, mistakenly assuming the column had departed, and was shot dead by the column’s rearguard. His lifeless body was discovered the following morning when other residents returned to the village. Another resident from the same village was also wounded by a military column-planted landmine when they returned the village, resulting in a severe leg injury that may necessitate amputation.

Due to this, the local People’s Defense Forces have issued a cautionary warning to the residents, advising them not to hastily return to their villages once the military columns have departed.

The military column continued to rampage through the villages, forcing around 5,000 residents from villages including Thet Pay, Muu Thar, Nyaung Pin Chan, Se Gyi, Ywa Thit, Chan Thar Kone, and Inn Pat to evacuate.

4. Three junta troops were killed in an attack on Taungtha administrative office in Mandalay Region

According to the comrades involved in the attack, the combined forces of PDF (People’s Defence Force) battalions and PDOs (Township People’s Defence Organizations) launched an aerial attack on the junta-run Taungtha Township administrative office in Myingyan District, Mandalay Region, by using a Sharr Htoo Waw technology drone. The attack resulted in the deaths of three junta troops. The attack, which was conducted on October 13, included the use of four ENERGA grenades and injured a junta policeman and other junta employees, in addition to the deaths of three troops.

The operation was the combined effort of the Myingyan District PDF Battalion No. 8 (Natogyi Regional Defence Force—NRDF), the Myaung Special Drone Force (MSDF), the Myingyan District PDF Battalion No. 1, the Myingyan District PDF Battalion No. 4, the Meiktila District PDF Battalion No. 3, and the Taungtha Township PDO.

Also on October 3, the Myingyan District PDF Battalion No. 8 (NRDF), in collaboration with allies, executed an ambush on a car carrying junta-backed Pyu Saw Htee militia men from Kyauk Kan village. Three Pyu Saw Htee members were killed in the ambush that was carried out when they crossed between Tu Ywin Boet village and Thit Yone village.

5. Approximately 20 junta troops were killed in a battle in Northern Shan State, with 3 MDY PDF comrades fallen

On October 9, 2023, a clash broke out between a terrorist military force and the People’s Defense Force-Mandalay (MDY PDF) in Northern Shan State, resulting in the deaths of approximately 20 junta troops.

As part of Kanaung Operation, MDY PDF launched an ambush against the military column from Infantry Battalion No. 252 operating under the 101st Infantry Division near Doe Pin village, Nawnghkio Township, Northern Shan State. The fighting was fierce and lasted for the whole day, from 9:30 a.m. to about 8:00 p.m. Approximately 30 junta troops were killed, while 30 others sustained injuries. Three comrades of the MDY PDF were also killed in the fighting.

MDY PDF announced that they had launched a series of missions under the Kanaung Operation starting in July this year, eliminating a total of 80 junta troops and military officers as of the second week of September and seizing many weapons and ammunition.

6. Myanmar citizens in Seoul rally in solidarity with Mung Lai Hkyet strike victims in Kachin State

On October 15, Myanmar citizens in South Korea protested and rallied outside the Myanmar Embassy in Seoul to condemn the terrorist military junta and to show their solidarity with the victims from the Mung Lai Hkyet IDP camp in Laiza, Kachin State, which was being targeted by the military junta.

The protest and rally were organized and led by the Anti-Dictatorship Committee-Korea, consisting of Myanmar citizens living in Korea who are actively engaging in promoting democracy in Myanmar, in collaboration with Kachin and Chin ethnic group organizations in Korea. Along with the Myanmar community in Korea, U Yan Naing Tun, Representative of the National Unity Government to South Korea, attended the event and gave an address, condemning the action of the military junta, showing solidarity with Kachin ethnic people, and reaffirming the commitment to continue the fight until the terrorist military is eliminated.

Attending the event as well, CDM Captain Lin Htet Aung addressed that violence similar to the Mung Lai Hkyet IDP camp attack will keep occurring as long as the military remains in place and that democracy in Myanmar can only flourish after the military is completely destroyed.

The statement from the National Unity Government condemning the military’s attack on the Mung Lai Hkyet IDP camp was read aloud during the rally in both Burmese and Korean.

#Credit : Radio NUG


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